05 November 2019 15:14

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Teachers are teachers – pay us the same: NZ ECTs join the push for pay parity

The six-month-old girl was transferred to Hutt Hospital Burns Unit after being brought into Nelson Hospital on Friday. A baby girl suffered burns from hot water to her face and body after an argument broke out out at a house in Nelson. Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne McCoy said on Tuesday that police had spoken to several occupants at the address and inquiries were continuing. "The incident arose as a result of an altercation between two adults at the address, resulting in the child and another occupant being burnt with hot water," he said. The six-month-old girl was admitted to Nelson Hospital on Friday afternoon and later transferred to the burns unit at Hutt Hospital in Wellington.

A hospital spokesman said on Tuesday she was in a stable condition. Members of the public with information about the incident are urged to contact the Nelson Child Protection Team on 03 546 3840. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Early childhood teachers (ECTs) based in New Zealand are said to have been "closely following" recent teachers strikes in New Zealand, and will meet on Sunday to discuss wages, ChildForum spokesperson Dr Sarah Alexander has told stuffNZ. The issue has come to the forefront in NZ after primary teachers in the country accepted an offer last month which places them into pay parity with their secondary teaching peers.

ECTs are currently negotiating a collective agreement, with parity a core issue, stuff said. A recent survey of 900 people from the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, conducted by ChildForum, found that 95 per cent of those surveyed supported an increase in the Ministry of Education prescribed wage rates (known in Australia as Award Wage) for ECTs. Respondents in favour of the increase included owners/ employers, of whom 80 per cent supported an increase in the prescribed wage rates. 92 per cent of respondents supported an increase of $2 per hour or more, a stark contrast to a recent Ministry announcement that outlined an increase in prescribed wage rates by 22 cents for degree qualified teachers. In the broader NZ education sector, the ChildForum survey found that 39 per cent of respondents supported all teachers in teacher-led services being given pay parity with teachers who work in kindergartens/ primary schools, and 54 per cent supported pay parity providing that funding was increased to match the funding rates paid to free kindergartens. An increase in the prescribed wage for ECTs in New Zealand centres would "be the carrot that will entice staff to join the ECEC sector and remain in the sector.

The increase should benefit those who completed training and are loyal to the sector," one respondent said. Mirroring the Australian context in relation to workforce shortages, a respondent who identified as an ECT said "The lack of teachers in ECE is because of the pay rate. The Ministry need to make this a priority otherwise ECE teachers are not going to see there is any point in training." Another teacher responded "We are University qualified teachers. I have taken the exact same paper as someone who studied to be a primary teacher. How is it they are on more money and have less hours on the floor with children?

The output of work an ECE teacher does is immense." Again similar to the Australian context, Dr Alexander told stuff that ECTs were "struggling to live" on their wages, and with the national minimum wage now at $17.70, there was little incentive to get qualified. The Sector recently reported on workforce challenges in New Zealand, with many centres reliant on relievers because of teacher shortages. To read the coverage of this issue, as produced by stuff NZ, please see here. All dynasties eventually come to an end but how will the Crusaders fall apart? The Jaguares were far from humbled in Christchurch last Saturday and the Crusaders still won by 16 points to lift their third Super Rugby title on the bounce and their 10th overall, miles ahead of the rest.

The southern hemisphere's premier competition has not been controlled with this much force by one side since the Bulls lifted three titles in four years at the end of the 2000s. That admittedly might be harsh on the Chiefs, champions in 2012 and 2013, but there's something different about a run of three titles - think about Toulon's Champions Cup hegemony between 2013-2015 and Leinster, too, who won three... The media company Stuff has accused police deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha of trying to coax a reporter into writing a sympathetic story about him. Photo: SUPPLIED Mr Haumaha strongly disputes the interpretation from Stuff that he was trying to coax the reporter, and says the context does not support that conclusion. Mr Haumaha made an unsuccessful complaint to the Media Council about a Dominion Post article following bullying accusations. He claimed the story was not accurate, and involved subterfuge. Neither complaint was upheld by the Media Council. The article was headlined "Haumaha refuses to issue apology", in relation to the two women who accused him of bullying. The allegations prompted an IPCA investigation and a report by the State Services Commission into the appointment of the Deputy Commissioner of Police. Mr Haumaha remains in his job. As part of its response to the complaint, Stuff said Mr Haumaha had acted inappropriately during an interview by allegedly saying to the reporter, who is Māori, "I would expect the support of some of our Māori journalists". "Stuff said this was a failed and regrettable attempt at coaxing a senior reporter into writing a sympathetic story. It is Stuff's view that the subsequent complaint reflects the complainant's ongoing anger at the publication of a story that was not to his liking," the Media Council decision said. Through the police, Deputy Commissioner Haumaha did not wish to comment. However his personal lawyer, Gerard Dewar, did on his behalf. "We don't agree with the interpretation that [Mr Haumaha] was trying to coax the reporter to write a favourable story on this topic," Mr Dewar said. "He had made it clear that he would not speak on the topic [of the bullying allegations] at all before the interview, and before that passage of the transcript that has been quoted. "When the interview is heard, it is clear that the context of those comments do not support the submission that he was trying to coax or in any way coerce this reporter." "He had agreed to be interviewed, understanding that it was confined to his role in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedies." Read the full Media Council decision here. A relative of late All Black great Jonah Lomu is facing life in jail after being found guilty for her part in the country's largest methamphetamine bust. Selaima Fakaosilea, 30, and Stevie Norua Cullen, 36, have been on trial in the High Court at Whangārei for the past seven weeks charged with importing methamphetamine and participating in an organised criminal group. In June 2016, police found 449kg of methamphetamine in a campervan at Totara North. A further 52kg was found buried in the sand dunes on Ninety Mile Beach. The 501kg haul had an estimated street value of almost half a billion dollars. According to Stuff, Fakaosilea was a first cousin of Lomu, although she referred to him as "uncle". Advertisement The jury found the pair guilty on all charges. Late All Blacks great Jonah Lomu. Six people have already pleaded guilty in relation to the operation. Fakaosilea's defence was she was not in Northland when the drugs came ashore and had no knowledge of the drugs or their importation. The Crown said Fakaosilea had an embedded role in the criminal group and had rolled up her sleeves and got involved by organising hire vehicles, the transportation of two Asian men to the Far North and satellite phones. Salaima Fakaosilea faces charges relating to methamphetamine importation. During the trial, the jury heard from many witnesses including three who were considered experts in their fields of fingerprinting, electronic devices forensics and an analyst from Environmental Science and Research who confirmed the drug was methamphetamine. Fakaosilea's family, including her brother Lolo Fakaosilea, a professional Australian rugby player who plays in Japan, still backed her, Stuff reported. "I am 100 per cent in full support of my sister and will continue to be throughout this whole process," Lolo told Stuff. Steve Cullen. Photo / File Justice Gordon told the jury before they went out that special care would be required given the circumstances of the trial as it was a huge quantity the Crown alleged had been imported. "Some of you may have strong views about methamphetamine. It is most important that you put them to one side and don't involve them in deliberations. "It's easier said than done, but there is no room for these feelings in this trial."